“Once you choose hope, anything is possible” ~ Unknown
Extension of School Closures
As you are aware, the Ministry is extending the closure of schools until January 25th. That means our office is closed with limited access to the school. If you need to contact any staff, please use their board email.
Teacher-Led Remote Learning
Thank you to all our parents who helped support the remote learning that began last week. We truly appreciate your on-going support and patience during this model of instruction.
Due to the concerning increase in cases of COVID-19, the Ministry has announced that remote learning will continue in order to keep our students and families as safe as possible.
Teachers will continue to follow our regular school schedule, including a 8:55 AM start time for individual classes. You can expect recess and lunch breaks, French period, Arts period, etc. to occur at their usual times unless otherwise communicated to you by the teacher. Please continue to communicate with your child’s teacher regarding any questions or concerns.
For more information about how to support your child’s learning at home, please refer to: Remote Learning
At this time, we are scheduled to return to the building on Monday, January 25, 2021. We will keep you updated if we hear differently from the Ministry of Education.
During this period of remote learning, we continue to promote regular attendance, as it is important for students to remain engaged in their learning so they can stay on top of the curriculum and feel more connected to their peers while our school is closed.
As noted in PPM 164: Requirements for Remote Learning, schools are required to take daily student attendance throughout the period of remote learning.
Attendance will be taken twice daily: once in the morning and again after lunch. If your child is not able to attend or participate in remote learning on any given day, please report his or her absence, as you typically would during in-person learning through the SchoolMessenger Safe Arrival System: https://www.hcdsb.org/parents/report-your-childs-absence/.
We will be following our usual process of contacting parents and guardians when student absences are not reported.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Now, more than ever, ongoing communication between home and school is key to your child’s success and well-being.
Accessing Your Child’s Online Learning Platform
Our School Board has revamped its website and we hope you had the opportunity to check it out! If you are having trouble accessing the log-in page to the online learning platforms using the new HCDSB website, the access points for all three learning platforms – D2L (Brightspace), Office 365 and Google Classroom, are available on the main page of the Board’s website and also on the HCDSB Learn at Home link.
Advanced New Registrations for 2021-2022 School Year
To facilitate planning for the 2021-2022 school year, we encourage all families intending to register new children at St. Mary School (including Kindergarten registrations) by following the guideline posted on the front page of our website: New Registrations 2021-22 School Year. Online registrations are now open. In-person registrations (bringing in your documents) will take place once schools re-open. We need to follow Public Health protocols during COVID-19 and will share more information on when you can book an appointment to bring in your documents once we return face-to-face.
Keeping Our Community Safe
Until vaccines are more widely available, we must all continue to follow public health measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
Stay home – save lives and don’t put others at risk
Practise physical distancing – stay 2 metres away from anyone who is not in your household
Wear a mask or face covering in public spaces and when physical distancing isn’t possible
Take a self-assessment to help you decide if you need a COVID-19 test
Download the COVID Alert mobile app to protect yourself and your community
Find sector-specific resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace
Stay up-to-date with the latest information about COVID-19 in Ontario
St. Mary Tips
As we prepare for the upcoming weeks of balancing jobs while supporting our children with online learning-we know that our mental health continues to be impacted.
Please note the Free Call-In Counselling provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association.
We continue to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them.
K. Dobbie & S. MacLeod